Wells and Compton win on final day of 2010 Cyclo-cross Nationals

Bend, Ore. (Dec. 12, 2010) — On a beautiful but windy day in Bend, Oregon, Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) and Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) put their stamp on American cyclo-cross racing with two dominating performances in the elite races. Lees-McRae College and Western Washington University warmed up the action earning team omnium titles following the morning’s collegiate races.

Katie Compton won her seventh straight elite women's title on Sunday.
Katie Compton won her seventh straight elite women's title on Sunday.

Elite and U23 Women

In her quest for another Stars-and-Stripes jersey, Compton made victory look easy. After the first lap, Compton and Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) were already pulling away from the field, but an early pit by Compton to change bikes allowed Gould to jump ahead.

Compton would quickly catch up, however, and by the end of second lap was clearly on her way to her seventh consecutive national title.

Gould established herself in the second spot, and by the third lap Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant-Specialized) was riding alone for third. Hudz-Subaru teammates Katherine Sherwin (Heber City, UT), Susan Butler (Portland, OR) and masters 35-39 champion Nicole Duke (Boulder, Colo.) rode the last few laps together, finishing fourth through sixth, respectively.

“It was a great venue — a great course. It had everything you'd want: stair run-up, power sections, technical sections, mud,” said Compton. “It was a great field of women today. It's awesome to know that I can race here and really get pushed.”

Competing in the same race were the U23 women. After finishing second in the D1 women’s collegiate race earlier in the day, Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) earned the Stars-and-Stripes and finished 10th overall. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12), racing in the elite/U23 women’s cyclo-cross race for the first time, took second.

Elite Men

The largest and most boisterous crowd of the event lined the course for the men’s elite race. Hometown favorite Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Kona) launched first from the gun, but it was Jeremy Powers (East Hampton, Mass./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) who used an early attack to start the second lap in the lead. He was followed closely behind by Wells.

Todd Wells leads Jeremy Powers during the men's elite race.
Todd Wells leads Jeremy Powers during the men's elite race.

A crash toward the end of the first lap slipped Trebon back to fifth, but he clawed his way forward to third during lap two after passing defending champion Tim Johnson (Beverly, Mass./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), who had been battling illness in the days leading up to the race. The fourth time around the course proved troublesome for Powers, who had to stop to adjust his bike. This allowed Wells to take off and Trebon to move into second.

“In the beginning I was maybe around 10th place. There were some crashes I avoided and made it up to maybe the top five,” said Wells. “Then Trebon crashed and that left Powers and I off the front together. And then he crashed a few laps later and I was by myself for the last four or five laps, able to hold off Trebon. One lap he took like five seconds out of me, but luckily I was able to get it together and just hold the gap.”

That would be the final podium, as Wells never let up, riding to his third Stars-and-Stripes jersey. He previously won in 2001 and 2005, when he also finished ahead of Trebon. For 2010, Wells adds cyclo-cross to his national titles in cross country and short track mountain biking.

“It’s pretty big for me. I’d never won the cross country title before, so I got it this year, the short track, and now the cyclo-cross [titles]. It’s the perfect season.”

Collegiate Men

Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./University of Washington-Seattle) earned back-to-back Stars-and-Stripes in the Division I collegiate men's race. Brady Kappius (Littleton, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) attacked early and held a strong lead until reigning champ McDonald inched his way to the front on the second lap with Kappius fading to fourth.

From there it was McDonald and Eric Thompson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) fighting one-on-one in a matchup reminiscent of 2009's duel between McDonald and Fort Lewis' Sonntag. Thompson, however, was taken out halfway through a lap with a derailleur that fell apart in the middle of the day's horrifically sticky mud. From there it was McDonald's race to lose, and he did not give up the lead the rest of the day. Chris Hurst (Lake Geneva, Wisc./University of Colorado-Boulder) surged to a late second-place finish, with Brad Perley (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) claiming third.

In the D2 men’s race the Western Washington University duo of Steve Fisher (Bellingham, Wash.) and Logan Wetzel (Renton, Wash.) overcame an early attack from 2009 winner Ryan Leech (Savannah, Ga./Savannah College of Art & Design)to take control of the race in the second lap and never let go. Leech managed to hold on for third ahead of Mesa State College's Mullervy brothers, Conor (Boise, Idaho) and Kevin (Littleton, Colo).

Collegiate Women

The 2009 U23 cyclo-cross national champion, Ashley James (Dousman, Wis./Appalachian State University), attacked from the gun in the D1 women’s race and built her lead in the first two laps to a solid 40 seconds over Marian University’s Antonneau and Lees McRae's Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Penn.) and Carla Swart (Banner Elk, NC), who traded off places throughout the race.

James maintained her lead throughout for a dominating win. Antonneau took a 20-second lead over the Lees McRae women to claim second, while Swart, the 2008 national collegiate cyclo-cross champ, bested Zaveta for third.

In the D2 women’s race, strong efforts from Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference powerhouse riders Arielle Filiberti (Worcester, Mass./Dartmouth)and Laura Ralston (Cambridge, Mass./MIT) couldn't match the surprise ride from the strongwoman from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn.), who led most of the race. Western Washington University's Courtenay Mcfadden (Bellingham, Wash.) claimed third behind Ralston, while Filiberti took fourth and perennial favorite Lindsy Campbell (Missoula, Mont./University of Montana) claimed fifth.

More than 8,000 people lined the course during the elite races on Sunday.
More than 8,000 people lined the course during the elite races on Sunday.

Collegiate Omniums

With the most points earned in both the men and women's races, Lees McRae walked away handily with the overall D1 omnium win, thanks to dominating top-10 finishes in both races. Fort Lewis played the numbers game well, placing numerous riders in the top ten of each race, as well, and it earned them second place on the weekend, one step down from last year.

Marian University continued their climb in the world of cyclo-cross, claiming third, just ahead of Appalachian State University, a newcomer to the Division 1 field (having just surpassed 15,000 students, ASU moved from DII to DI this year). University of Washington rounded out the podium in fifth.

In the D2 competition, five top-10 finishes this weekend allowed Western Washington University to take a commanding victory, with up-and-coming Mars Hill College claiming second. MIT took third with more top individual finishes and MIT was fourth. Local favorite Central Oregon Community College rounded out the top five.

Full results are available on the event's results page.

For more information visit the Cyclo-cross National Championships official event page.

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2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Dec. 7-12
Bend, Ore.

RESULTS

FULL OMNIUM RESULTS

Elite Men
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) 1:00:49
2. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Kona) 1:01:14
3. Jeremy Powers (East Hampton, Mass./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 1:02:16
4. Jamey Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 1:02:52
5. Tim Johnson (Beverly, Mass./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 1:02:52

Elite Women
1. Katherine Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike) 0:43:48
2. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) 0:44:19
3. Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant-Specialized) 0:47:07
4. Katherine Sherwin (Heber City, UT/Hudz-Subaru) 0:47:25
5. Susan Butler (Portland, OR/Hudz-Subaru) 0:47:26

U23 Women
1. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 0:48:21
2. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) 0:49:52
3. Ashley James (Delafield, Wisc./Team Kenda p/b GEARGRINDER) 0:51:24
4. Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C./Carolina Masters Cycling Club) -2 laps
5. Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./TEAM SoCalCross) -2 laps

DI Team Omnium
1. Lees-McRae College 188
2. Fort Lewis College 156
3. Marian University 129
4. Appalachian State University 113
5. University of Washington-Seattle 107

DII Team Omnium
1. Western Washington University 188
2. Mars Hill College 146
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 121
4. Mesa State College 121
5. Central Oregon Community College 95

D1 Collegiate Women
1. Ashley James (Dousman, Wis./Appalachian State University) 0:39:10              
2. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) 0:40:14 
3. Carla Swart (Banner Elk, NC/Lees-McRae College) 0:40:43
4. Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Penn./Lees-McRae College) 0:40:48
5. Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) 0:43:44

D2 Collegiate Women
1. Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn./UT-Chattanooga) 0:43:34 
2. Laura Ralston (Cambridge, Mass./MIT) 0:44:21
3. Courtenay McFadden (Bellingham, Wash./Western Washington University) 0:44:54
4. Arielle Filiberti (Worcester, Mass./Dartmouth) 0:45:49
5. Lindsy Campbell (Missoula, Mont./University of Montana) 0:46:10

D1 Collegiate Men
1. Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./University of Washington-Seattle) 0:41:30 
2. Chris Hurst (Lake Geneva, Wisc./University of Colorado-Boulder) 0:41:38
3. Bradford Perley (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 0:41:43
4. Braden Kappius (Littleton, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) 0:42:14
5. Eric Thompson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 0:42:19

D2 Collegiate Men
1. Steve Fisher (Bellingham, Wash./Western Washington University) 0:42:56
2. Logan Wetzel (Renton, Wash./Western Washington University) 0:42:58
3. Ryan Leech (Savannah, Ga./Savannah College of Art & Design) 0:43:55
4. Conor Mullervy (Boise , Idaho/Mesa State College) 0:44:26
5. Kevin Mullervy (Littleton, Colo./Mesa State College) 0:44:44



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